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Employment

Manhattan Country School faculty and staff work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, warmth and commitment to the vision and mission of the school. Our community of more than 50 employees, in New York City and at our 180-acre farm in the Catskills, mirror the diversity of our student body. 

Current job openings are listed below. Application instructions are provided within each job posting. 

Manhattan Country School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, national origin, ethnic origin, citizenship status, disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law in its employment policies.
MCS supports teacher-training programs at Bank Street College, City College, New York University and Teachers College, Columbia University, among others, so there are opportunities each year for assistant, student and intern teachers in many of our classrooms, as well as at the MCS Farm. Résumés and cover letters for these positions are accepted in the early spring for the following school year. To be considered, please email Ellen Porter

Current Employment Opportunities

List of 8 frequently asked questions.

  • Lower School Spanish Language Teacher for 2021-2022 

    Manhattan Country School seeks an experienced  Spanish language teacher for its four youngest classes in grades Pre-K – 2nd Grade. The Spanish program relies on our progressive philosophy in the development and implementation of its curriculum. Classes encourage individual and group engagement. The Spanish language teacher reports to the Lower School Director and works closely with two other Spanish language teachers in the school.
    We are seeking an energetic, collaborative, hard-working, and talented teacher who is skilled at connecting with students, families and staff. 
    Duties and Responsibilities
    • Teaches Spanish to these four age groups: 4-5s, 5-6s, 6-7s and 7-8s
    • Implements curriculum that emphasizes the joy of learning vocabulary, songs, stories and cultural traditions and the pleasure of practicing speaking and listening to Spanish 
    • Seeks to make consistent connections to social justice and identity, in particular in the area of social studies
    • Collaborates with the teaching teams in sustaining a dynamic program and developing interdisciplinary collaborations with the city and farm staff 
    • Communicates with families including writing reports
    • Attends weekly staff meetings and other periodic meetings and school events 
    • Fulfills various other duties, including lunch and arrival coverage

    Requirements and Qualifications
    • Full-time teaching experience 
    • Masters degree in Spanish or Spanish education
    • Strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
    • Provide examples of innovative pedagogy to promote inquiry and learning in children and evidence of capable writing
    • Command a range of teaching methods to meet different learning needs
    • Integrate technology to enhance teaching remotely during the fall semester 
    • Work closely with a dedicated team of teachers, the learning specialists and math coordinator, and the Lower School administrative team 
    • Take initiative, have a sense of humor, and demonstrate strong communication skills
    • Native speaker preferred
    • Prior experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus

    To Apply:
    Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and contact information for three references to Tiffany Tsung at ttsung@manhattancountryschool.org with “Lower School Spanish Teacher” in the subject line. We are not able to receive phone call inquiries at this time. 
  • Lower School Music Teacher for 2021-2022

    Manhattan Country School is seeking a Music Teacher for its four youngest classes, pre K – 2nd grade. The musical repertoire draws from social justice issues, the civil rights movement and our progressive philosophy. The Music Teacher reports to the
    Lower School Director and works closely with the teachers and the rest of the music department.
    Qualified candidates should be enthusiastic, flexible, and excellent at collaborating. We are seeking an energetic, hard-working, and talented musical individual, who is skilled at connecting with students, faculty and the wider community.

    Responsibilities and Duties:
    • Teaches half -and whole-group singing classes 
    • Works closely with the Upper School Music Teacher and the Accompanist
    • Seeks to make consistent connections to social justice and identity, in particular in the area of social studies
    • Collaborates with the teaching teams in sustaining a dynamic program and developing interdisciplinary collaborations with the city and farm staff 
    • Communicates with families including writing reports
    • Organizes and helps to lead school assemblies
    • Arranges an end-of-year Sing Along
    • Attends weekly staff meetings and other periodic meetings and school events 
    • Fulfills various other duties, including lunch and arrival coverage
    Requirements and Qualifications:
    • Able to play piano and portable accompaniment instruments
    • Experience teaching music in an early childhood setting
    • Master’s in Music Education or Education
    • Relevant training in Kodaly, Orff, or Dalcroze methods preferred
    To apply: 
    Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and contact information for three references to Tiffany Tsung at ttsung@manhattancountryschool.org with “Lower School Music Teacher” in the subject line. We are not able to receive phone call inquiries at this time. For more information about MCS, see https://www.manhattancountryschool.org
  • High School Placement Director

    Manhattan Country School (MCS) seeks a part-time High School Placement Director for the 2021-2022 school year who will guide 7th and 8th grade families in the high school application process. The High School Placement Director reports to the Upper School Director and they work closely together to support students and families. MCS is in the process of expanding from one (about 20 students) to two classes (about 40 students) per grade, and we will be fully doubled in the 2023-24 school year.
     
    Duties and Responsibilities
     
    The role of the High School Placement Director will include the following responsibilities:
     
    • Counseling 8th grade students and families as they go through the high school process
    • Cultivating relationships with high schools (in New York City and boarding schools)
    • Gathering notes and writing teacher recommendations on behalf of the 8th grade team for students applying to parochial and independent day and boarding schools
    • Advocating for students with the schools they are applying to
    • Compiling transcripts and sending them to schools (knowledge of Blackbaud)
    • Helping 8th grade students and families negotiate the various online application sites (Ravenna, SAO, MySchools)
    • Entering information into the NYC Department of Education MySchools system
    • Organizing information sessions, alumni panels, and meetings for 7th and 8th grade families
    • Attending bi-annual ISAAGNY Admissions/Placement meetings and annual NYSAIS Admissions/Placement Conference
    • Serving as a member of the Admissions Committee
    • Teaching a 7th grade class, to be determined
    • Accompanying the 7th grade on a 1-week trip to the MCS Farm in the Catskills
    • Teaching a 6th-8th grade elective and helping with lunch and park coverages
    • Attending regular meetings with US Director and 7th/8th grade team
     
    Requirements and Qualifications
     
    The ideal candidate will be able to articulate an educational vision that is in keeping with the school’s mission. The candidate should be able to work collaboratively, be flexible, take initiative, have a sense of humor, enjoy working with children of all ages, demonstrate strong listening and communication skills, be skilled with technology, and be able to think creatively and holistically about ways to build the placement program and support families.
     
    • Master’s degree preferred
    • Experience teaching or working with 7th and 8th graders
    • Experience with counseling or supporting families
    • Experience supporting students with diverse learning styles and needs
    • Strong communication, organizational, and administrative skills
    • Experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus
     
    Manhattan Country School (MCS) is a pre K-8th grade school in NYC recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, commitment to social justice, and emphasis on environmental education that features a working farm in the Catskills. MCS recently relocated and is in the process of doubling its enrollment and expanding its program in new facilities in NYC and at the MCS Farm. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, Manhattan Country School is unique among NYC independent schools. MCS’ educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the exuberance and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued, and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice. For more information, see www.manhattancountryschool.org.
     
    To apply, please send a cover letter, resumé and three references to Ellen Porter at eporter@manhattancountryschool.org with “High School Placement” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. 
  • Upper School Assistant Director

    Manhattan Country School (MCS) seeks an Upper School Assistant Director for the 2021-2022 school year who is interested in helping to oversee the curriculum and support children, families and teachers in the Upper School. The Upper School Assistant Director reports to the Upper School Director and they work closely together in overseeing the program. The Upper School is comprised of 5th-8th grades and will be expanding over the next three years from 100 to 160 students.
     
    Duties and Responsibilities:
     
    The role of the Upper School Assistant Director will include the following responsibilities to be carried out in conjunction with the Upper School Director:
    • Collaborate with teachers to develop and record the scope and sequence of the curriculum
    • Support the development of Upper School teachers and identify professional development opportunities geared toward teachers’ growth in all areas
    • Guide the collaboration between classroom and specialist teachers and the Farm in planning and implementing the overall curriculum
    • Supervise resource teachers and recruit student teachers
    • Develop the school’s connections with other schools and organizations
    • Design and lead staff meetings
    • Support students in various areas of their development, coordinate learning and social-emotional supports, and communicate to families about their progress
    • Assist the Upper School Director and administrative staff in overseeing the daily operations of the division and the school at large
    • Might teach an elective class or accompany a teacher on a farm trip
     
    Requirements and Qualifications
     
    The ideal candidate will be able to articulate an educational vision that is in keeping with the school’s mission. The candidate should be able to work collaboratively, be flexible, take initiative, have a sense of humor, enjoy working with children of all ages, demonstrate strong listening and communication skills, be skilled with technology, and be able to think creatively and holistically about ways to strengthen the program and support children and teachers. 
     
    • Master’s degree
    • At least 5+ years in a lead teaching role with various ages in the Upper School, including mentoring of teachers
    • Expertise in curriculum development using a progressive, developmental approach
    • Experience teaching students with diverse learning styles and needs
    • Strong organizational, administrative, and managerial skills
    • Experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus. 
    To apply, please send a cover letter, resumé and three references to Ellen Porter at eporter@manhattancountryschool.org with “US Assistant Director” in the subject line. Please, no phone calls. 
  • Lower School Assistant Teacher

    Manhattan Country School seeks a full-time Assistant Teacher for the 2021-2022 school year. This position is full-time in-person. The position may involve working with one or more groupings in our PreK through 4th grade classrooms. 
    Manhattan Country School is a pre-K - 8th grade elementary school in New York City that is recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, social justice activism, and an emphasis on environmental education that features a working farm in the Catskills in Roxbury, N.Y. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, MCS is unique among NYC independent schools. MCS’ educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the excitement and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued, and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice. 
    Assistant Teachers work closely with the grade level team. Assistant Teachers report to the Director of the Lower School. 
    Responsibilities: 
    • Collaborate in the development and implementation of interdisciplinary curriculum ? Provide differentiated instruction to varying learning modalities 
    • Oversee classroom management of the students with team teachers 
    • Communicate with parents/guardians on a regular basis 
    • Prepare for and attend parent conferences and write progress reports 
    • Attending weekly faculty meetings and occasional school events 
    • Substituting for mentor teacher or other Lower School faculty when necessary 
    Responsibilities will vary based on our circumstances and needs, and could include: ? Support teachers in classrooms and in remote learning 
    • Supervise remote instruction for students through the use of technology while simultaneously supporting children in the classroom 
    • Assist students in maintaining social distancing and proper hygiene practices throughout the day, including during park times 
    • Help to manage arrival and dismissal procedures, as well as snack and lunch transitions
    Qualifications & Requirements: 
    • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree 
    • Enrollment in (or completion of) a teacher training program 
    • Previous experience working as an assistant teacher in an elementary classroom, and preferably experience co-leading the class at times 
    • Commitment to working in a multicultural learning environment that necessitates flexibility, the ability to work collaboratively, and a desire to enhance professional growth 
    • Finds joy in working with children 
    • Supports MCS’s commitment to equity 
    • Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with diverse backgrounds and experiences 
    • Possesses strong technology skills and comfort utilizing a projector and the following platforms: Zoom, Seesaw and Google Classroom 
    • Approaches work with kindness, maturity, curiosity, and a sense of humor 

    To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resumé, and three references to Tiffany Tsung at ttsung@manhattancountryschool.org.
  • Head Teacher, Lower School

    Head Teacher Lower School 
    Manhattan Country School seeks a full-time Head Teacher for the 2021-2022 School Year. This position will be full time in-person. Head Teachers report to the Director of Lower School. 
    Manhattan Country School (MCS) is a pre-K – 8th elementary school in NYC recognized for its strong academic program, racial and economic diversity, and an environmental literacy program that features a working farm in the Catskills. Committed to principles of equity and multiculturalism, Manhattan Country School is unique among NYC independent schools. MCS’ educational philosophy relies on educators who have strong knowledge of child development and can apply it to effective pedagogies of inquiry and learning, enjoy the exuberance and curiosity of children, want to help build a community where diverse perspectives are valued, and appreciate the life-long impact of working together for social and environmental justice. 
    Responsibilities: 
    • Implementing a progressive and interdisciplinary curriculum that is designed to promote children’s physical, intellectual, and socioemotional development 
    • Overseeing classroom management of the students together with team teachers working in person and remotely 
    • Providing differentiated instruction to accommodate varying learning modalities and working closely with learning specialist and other staff members in support of the children’s growth • Collaborate closely with the grade level team, including weekly meetings for planning and sharing of curricula. 
    • Communicating with parents regularly, leading conferences and writing progress reports 
    Requirements and Qualifications
    • Master’s degree in Education 
    • Full-time head teaching experience with elementary age children 
    • Pedagogy and teaching experience that reflect an emphasis on an inquiry-based, experiential  approach to learning 
    • Demonstrates strong communication skills
    • Self-motivated, innovative and collaborative 
    • Finds joy in being with children 
    • Demonstrates cultural competency and skills engaging with and learning from people with  diverse backgrounds and experience 
    • Supports MCS’s commitment to equity 
    • Approaches work with kindness, responsibility, curiosity, flexibility, and a sense of humor • Possesses strong technology skills and comfort utilizing a projector and the following  platforms: Zoom, Seesaw and Google Classroom 
    To Apply: Please send cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references to Tiffany Tsung at: ttsung@manhattancountryschool.org
  • 6th Grade Teacher

    Manhattan Country School seeks an experienced 6th grade teacher for Fall 2021 who brings passion and skill to teaching and working with children, as well as a commitment to social justice, equity, and diversity. MCS is in the process of doubling enrollment, and this will be the first time that we have two sections of 6th grade. The two 6th grade teachers will split the responsibilities of teaching math, English, science, and history, with each leading two academic subjects in addition to community building and homeroom responsibilities. The 6th grade teacher reports to the Upper School Director.
     
    Duties and Responsibilities:
    The 6th grade teacher
    • teaches two of the four subjects: math, science, English, or history (U.S. Constitution; American, French, and Haitian Revolutions; and Civil Rights Movement) 
    • helps create a social justice and activism lens for the curriculum
    • advises students and communicates with families, including writing reports and leading conferences
    • accompanies students on three 1-week fall, winter, and spring class trips to our Catskills farm
    • teaches a 6th-8th grade elective
    • fulfills other various duties, including lunch and park coverage
     
    Requirements and Qualifications:
    • Full-time teaching experience
    • Masters degree preferred
    • Strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
    • Provide examples of innovative pedagogy to promote inquiry and learning in adolescents and evidence of capable writing
    • Command a range of teaching methods to meet different learning needs
    • Integrate technology, including Google applications, laptops/iPads, smartboard/projector, etc.
    • Self-starter, take initiative, have a sense of humor, and demonstrate strong listening and communication skills
    • Prior experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus.
    To apply:Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Ellen Porter at eporter@manhattancountryschool.org with “6th grade teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
  • 7th and 8th Grade English Teacher

    Manhattan Country School seeks a 7th and 8th Grade English Teacher who brings passion and experience to teaching and working with children for the school year 2021-22. The 7th and 8th Grade English Teacher is responsible for teaching a two-year literature curriculum for mixed 7th and 8th grade classes, as well as teaching grade-level 7th grade and 8th grade writing classes, and reports to the Upper School Director.
     
    Duties and Responsibilities
    The 7th and 8th grade English teacher 
    • teaches a two-year mixed 7th and 8th grade literature curriculum with texts such as Catcher in the Rye, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Romeo and Juliet, Persepolis, and The Color of Water
    • teaches a 7th grade writing class that includes units on grammar and vocabulary, while also focusing on creative writing. It culminates with a unit on memoir writing in which the students write autobiographies.
    • teaches an 8th grade writing class that includes units on grammar and vocabulary as well as units on personal essay and short fiction writing. Facilitates student planning of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March in which the class creates a theme and route and each student writes and delivers a speech. 
    • is an advisor to a small group of 7th and 8th grade students and communicates with those students’ families, including leading conferences
    • completes progress reports three times a year for all 7th and 8th grade students 
    • accompanies students on two 1-week fall and spring class trips to our Catskills farm
    • fulfills other various duties, including lunch and park coverage
    • meets weekly with the 7th and 8th grade team to discuss students and program, including collaborating on the 7th and 8th grade activism project
    Requirements and Qualifications
    • Full-time teaching experience 
    • Masters degree preferred
    • Strong knowledge of child development and progressive education
    • Provide examples of innovative pedagogy and curriculum development to promote inquiry and learning with adolescents
    • Command a range of teaching methods to meet different learning needs
    • Integrate projectors, laptops/iPads, Google applications, and other technology
    • Take initiative, have a sense of humor, and demonstrate strong listening and communication skills
    • Prior experience in a diverse community or working collaboratively to engage youth in community-building, social and environmental justice, and activism is a plus.
    To apply:
    Please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Ellen Porter at eporter@manhattancountryschool.org with “7th and 8th Grade English Teacher” in the subject line. No phone calls please.
     
     
     
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